March 4, 2014 | Vol. 74 No. 33

Love Your Block application deadline extended

Applications have been extended for the spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program.

Applications will now be available until Friday, March 7. This season, the block revitalization program will give organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. 

“With the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation, I am excited to introduce a high-impact round of funding for local nonprofits by offering $2,000 mini-grants, $1,000 more than previous seasons, to create more prominent and sustainable projects,” said Mayor William Peduto. “This grassroots work, with the help of city services and engaged citizens, will help make incremental changes that will aid in transforming the landscape of our city.”

Along with the mini-grant, selected groups will also receive support from city departments through services such as trash collection and graffiti removal to support the projects, as feasible. A full list of available city services can be found in the Love Your Block application.

Applicants for the spring 2014 program must be a qualified nonprofit organization or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent, and the impacted area must be within city limits. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on March 7; late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-March 2014. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in April 2014 with location and time to be announced to grantees at a later date. A downloadable application can be found at http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock/grantapplication?m=apply.

In addition to receiving a $2,000 mini-grant, all the qualifying groups are eligible for an additional award. The two best block revitalization projects will receive an additional $3,000 Home Depot gift card for future block enhancements based upon judgment criteria listed in the application details. Special consideration will be given to Love Your Block projects that engage local veterans and veterans’ organizations.

To date, grantees have impacted approximately 290 blocks by collecting over 37,000 pounds of litter, creating 197 green spaces, leveraging almost $161,000 in donations and recruiting over 3,300 volunteers through the program.

Love Your Block is funded by The Home Depot Foundation and is supported, in part, by the Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program.

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